‘All busfires’ now contained: report | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:14 AM, February 14, 2020

Heavy rainfall in Australia

‘All busfires’ now contained: report

All the blazes in Australia's hard-hit state of New South Wales have been brought under control, firefighters said yesterday, signalling the end of a "black summer" that claimed 33 lives nationwide.

But heavy rains that helped extinguish the blazes that have raged along the east coast since September are causing flash floods in parts of the state, posing new problems for some residents.

"Not all fires are out, there's still some fire activity in the far south of the state but all fires are contained so we can really focus on helping people rebuild," the state's fire service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter.

"It is very good news," a Rural Fire Service spokesman told AFP.

Bushfires scorched more than 10 million hectares in the country's east and south, killing at least 33 people and an estimated one billion animals, while destroying more than 2,500 homes. The fires were exacerbated by prolonged drought and worsened by climate change in the country's hottest and driest year on record.

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control. Attention has now turned to tackling flash flooding expected in the coming days following the heaviest rains in 30 years.

On Thursday dams near Sydney overflowed after days of torrential rain. The Nepean dam was just a third full less than a week ago, but on Thursday video footage showing water cascading over the dam wall. Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters in recent days.


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